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How volunteering can help your career

How volunteering can help your career

Volunteering for a charity is a great way to help your favourite causes with your time and skills, but it can also be an effective way to give your career a boost.

We've given our top tips on how volunteering can help your career over on the Totaljobs blog - from finding the right type of volunteering role, types of placements, 10 ways volunteering can help your career, and where to find opportunities. 

As a start, you should think about what would be a good fit for you and what you really want from a volunteering position, as well as what you can reasonably give. Consider things like:

  • Location
  • What days or times you can do things
  • How long you will be able to volunteer
  • What your existing skills are
  • What you would like to learn
  • What type of cause is close to your heart

Volunteering also comes in all shapes and sizes so opt for a cause that’s important to you, combine with an activity you love doing and choose the amount of time you can realistically dedicate.

Why not sign up to our volunteer's page which is frequently checked by charities looking for willing people with a range of skills or try some suggestions below: 

  • Volunteer in charity shops at the British Red Cross

    “I wanted to help people and improve my English. It’s a perfect environment to help people in a very friendly place. I have felt so happy and I have enjoyed my time here.” Juan, Kensington and Chelsea volunteer, British Red Cross
  • Volunteer in the garden's of the National Trust 

  • Volunteers at festivals with Oxfam

    “It's a fantastic way to gain new skills, raise money for a great cause, meet a new and diverse bunch of people - and catch some amazing live music.” Colin, Oxfam volunteer steward

  • Volunteer to help the refugee crisis appeal with Syria Relief

Find out more about volunteering for your career - Read the rest of our tips over on the Totaljobs blog!